We are so excited to announce that this winter we will begin offering private music lessons in piano, voice, and woodwinds (clarinet, flute, and saxophone) at our new satellite site in Tacoma!

We are also welcoming two brand new TIA faculty on to the team at this site. They will be joined by Molly and Jimothy as well.

We are enrolling now for piano and woodwinds, and will be enrolling voice very soon.

All TIA Tacoma lessons will take place at Peace Lutheran in Tacoma @ 2106 S Cushman Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405.

We have no official connection with Peace Lutheran other than the fact that they are nice people who love the community and are active in serving it through their community center. Also, Jimothy, one of the members of our faculty serves there as music director. TIA welcomes all people, wherever you are in life.


Private Lessons in Piano

Nichole Carpenter, Piano Faculty at TIA Tacoma.

Nichole has been teaching private piano lessons for 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Piano from Pensacola Christian College. Born in Michigan, she began taking music lessons at age 8. She has just recently moved to the Northwest and absolutely loves it! She has taught in her own private music studio in Alabama, as well as performed in several musicals with her husband. She is proficient in teaching classical music, sacred music, and arranging. She is passionate about her students playing from the heart and communicating the message of any musical piece to their audience. Most importantly, Nichole is not just a qualified and gifted music educator, but she is a wonderful fit for TIA and committed to TIA’s mission, values, and DNA! We are excited to welcome Nichole to the team!



Nichole is currently enrolling students for lessons Mondays 6-8PM and Saturdays 11:30-12:30


Private Lessons Woodwinds (Clarinet, Flute, and Saxophone)

Jason McGrath, Woodwind Faculty at TIA Tacoma.

Jason grew up in a musical environment fostered by his mom who is an accomplished pianist and lifelong music educator. He started playing the clarinet in sixth grade and enjoyed instrumental and vocal music competition in high school. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pensacola Christian College, where he began teaching music classes as a Graduate Assistant in 2003. Jason has been involved in music education ever since, teaching private lessons and directing both vocal and instrumental groups. Most importantly, Jason is not just a qualified and gifted music educator, but she is a wonderful fit for TIA and committed to TIA’s mission, values, and DNA! We are excited to welcome Nichole to the team!




Jason is currently enrolling students for lessons on Monday-Thursday afternoons.


Private Lessons in Voice

Molly is a graduate of Western Washington University, and while young, in addition to having a degree in vocal performance with a classical approach, she already has an extensive background working as a vocal soloist, in choral groups, and teaching voice.

Molly has performed in Chicago, Peter Pan, Sweeny Todd, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Phantom of the Opera, Hansel and Gretel, Faust, Handel’s Messiah and many others.  Her passion for music also led her to be a part of many different choirs.  She was very proud to be a member of the Enumclaw High School Concert and Chamber Choirs, The Washington Ambassadors of Music, WWU Concert Choir and The Lynden Choral Society.  From these choirs she was able to travel to many different states in the U.S. as well as 9 different countries.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from WWU in December of 2014 and is very excited to begin building her vocal studio.  She began teaching voice lessons at Squalicum High School in Bellingham before moving back to the Enumclaw to teach at Enumclaw Music and now to the Tacoma area.  Her passion for singing is what drives her excitement to teach aspiring singers about proper technique and show them a true love for music. 

Most importantly, Molly shares our values and mission and comes to us highly endorsed by former students, parents of students, and teachers. Molly teaches voice from a classical approach and has an extensive background and passion for musical theater, classical vocal and choral work, and opera.